By Jacqueline Turner | Posted on August 24, 2016 9:59 AM
Shocking revelations come out that fan favorite SNL cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam will not returning next season
SNL Returns To NBC Lineup In The Fall of 2016For over three decades and now into 41 seasons, Saturday Night Live has delivered many laughs through skits using small-time actors and comedians that can often turn huge. Some past rags-to-riches stars have included Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon and Eddie Murphy. There is a simple formula to this show: get an A-list guest host and toss him or her into different satiric parodies with the rest of the comedic cast and get the whole thing written by a group of crazy and competitive writers that are constantly trying to out do each other, in any legal way possible. There’s been a lot happening with SNL for the upcoming 2016/2017 season:
- For the 2016-2017 season of SNL, producer Lorne Michaels fired Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky
- Comedian and actress Leslie Jones, with her living-out-loud personality, was flown out to Rio to cover the Olympics for NBC and their floundering social media program
- The Saturday Night Live ticket lottery for the upcoming season is now available to the general public. The SNL season is set to premiere October 8 at 11pm on NBC which is airing a full month before the US presidential election, which is scheduled on November 8th, 2016
Taran Killam’s 7 Year Contract TerminatedWe won’t be seeing Taran Killam in the 42nd season of SNL, which is due to premiere this fall on NBC. Killam had a contract to be on SNL for seven years but his sixth year unexpectedly became his last. Some of Killam’s best impressions that will be missed on the show were Brad Pitt, Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump; he even did a hysterical impersonation of Eminem that was very popular. Killam doesn’t know why they let him go; he had one year left on his contract. In the Uproxx interview with Mike Ryan, when asked about what happened Killam answered, “I sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then I heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract anyway. I was never given a reason why, really. I can keep assuming until the cows come home.” Killam’s on-air delivery and back-room writing were often deemed as sub-par. Killam is now going on to co-direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a movie called Why We’re Killing Gunther. He stated the post production would’ve bled into the SNL production anyway, although we think that he is just using that as an excuse to save some face, getting booted from SNL must be hard.. Killam said that he loved working at SNL being quoted as saying ”Just feeling like a member of the SNL team felt really special.” Killam is also going to star in a new Showtime series called Mating, which is a show about a man who recently got divorced and is now figuring out how to date and hook-up with women.
SNL Says Goodbye to Jay Pharoah and His Memorable Obama
Jay Pharoah (real name Jared Antonio Farrow) is a skilled impressionist well known for performing parodies of Barack Obama, Will Smith, Drake and Kanye West on Saturday Night Live. Pharoah (spelt differently from the Egyptian Pharoah) also won’t be returning to SNL this season. The entertainer always had a knack for switching between impersonations in quick progression. He has worked on the cast of SNL for 6 years and there is rampant speculation on why Michaels fired Pharoah. One of the reasons might be because Barack Obama is soon to leave the Presidency and SNL will need a new President impressionist, either Trump or Clinton. It appears since Obama is leaving, there is no longer a need for Pharoah’s Obama character. There is still an actor on the show who can still portray a great impersonation of Obama, which is Kenan Thompson, but his skill and delivery of Obama doesn’t compare to Pharoah’s. Many cast members don’t get to stay on for the “next” season of SNL. Robert Downey Jr. is a famous example who was on the show in 1985 and was fired after just one season. Usually the producers fire a few cast members each season, so it doesn’t seem like the show is being repetitive or getting stale. But Pharoah isn’t done yet; Showtime President and CEO David Nevins announced that there are two comedies that he would like Pharoah and Killam to be in. He pointed out that they have been discussing these projects for several weeks. Pharoah has been thrown in as the male lead role for the new half-hour comedy pilot directed by Jamie Foxx called White Famous. Showtime is trying to improve their ratings in the industry by bringing in Killam, Pharoah and even Stephen Colbert has a new election special on the channel, which is now owned by CBS. Jon Rudnitsky Also Joins The Unemployment Line Jon Rudnitsky joined the SNL family last year for season 41 and he portrayed parodies of Tom Cruise, John Mayer and his highly criticized Anderson Cooper impersonation. In the beginning of this season Rudnitsky’s official Twitter page was filled with racist, sexist and homophobic tweets. He didn’t have a lot of roles on SNL and wasn’t as reoccurring as other cast members. Very few of his writing bits were used on the show. One of his best roles on SNL was intruding on the Weekend Update skit with a Dirty Dancing spoof. Later on SNL he did a skit on the presidential debate. In a well publicized case, Rudnitsky impersonated Anderson Cooper and Cooper really didn’t like it. He told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live! "It was like the only thing he knew about me was that I'm gay" and said the impression came with "Truman Capote vibe" and "a little snideness, which I thought was odd." As for Rudnitsky not returning to SNL this fall, we hope he will end up being successful in the future. The only other notable in the “SNL one season success story club” is Robert Downey Jr., so he has some tough shoes to fill. Even Chris Rock lasted three seasons on SNL and he was terrible on the show, only to become a comedy legend later.